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Garvan Woodland Gardens

 

 

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens is a botanical garden near Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas owned by the University of Arkansas.

The Gardens are situated on a woodland peninsula on Lake Hamilton. The Gardens feature rocky inclines reminiscent of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, floral landscapes, streams, and waterfalls in a natural woodland setting, plus a Japanese Garden with Japanese maples and tree peonies, a conifer border, and various flower and rock gardens. Its collections display hundreds of rare shrubs and trees, including camellias, magnolias, roses, and over 160 different types of azaleas.

The Gardens was started by Verna Cook Garvan, daughter of Arthur B. and Louise Cook of Malvern, Arkansas. Mr. Cook operated Wisconsin-Arkansas Lumber Co. and the Malvern Brick and Tile Company until his death in 1934. Shortly afterward, Mrs. Garvan assumed control as one of the first female CEO’s of a major southern manufacturing business and served in that capacity until her retirement in the 1970s. The garden site was purchased in the 1920s after a clear-cut in about 1915. In 1956, Mrs. Garvan began to develop it as a garden and over the next forty years planted thousands of specimens. Upon her death, Mrs. Garvan left the property to the Department of Landscape Architecture through the University of Arkansas Foundation.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas located in Hop Springs Arkansas and the Ouachita Mountains. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Garden Admission & Hours

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Last Admission Sold at 5:30 p.m.

Admission Fees (tax included)*

Members                                                                      Free
Adults (age 13 and up) $15.00
Children 6-12 $5.00
Children to age 5 Free
Dogs (on leash) $5.00
Golf Cart Ride
Parking
$15.00 per person additional, cannot be reserved
Free
*Rates subject to change


The Gardens are always closed:  

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • January, including New Year’s Day

What to Photograph:

There is plenty to photograph all year long (Except January).  A couple of my favorite events are the Tulips which bloom in March and the Holiday lights in November and December.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas located in Hop Springs Arkansas and the Ouachita Mountains. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

 

Holiday Light Display at Garvan Wood Gardens in Hot Springs Arkansas and features More than 4 million lights decorating the 17 acres of woodland gardens. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

In addition the Garden is home to Anthony Chapel with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls presenting picturesque views of the surrounding woodlands The simple, yet stately, six-story tall structure is considered one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the state of Arkansas.

Anthony Chapel with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls presenting picturesque views of the surrounding woodlands The simple, yet stately, six-story tall structure is considered one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the state of Arkansas. Anthony Chapel is located at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs Arkansas. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

 

Best Time for Photographers:

Morning hours are the best for photography, the gardens do open until 9:00 am so there is no need to try to be there before then, and they close at 6:00 pm except for the holiday lights display in November and December.

The gardens change throughout the season with different plants blooming all the time, click here for the garden bloom calendar.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas located in Hop Springs Arkansas and the Ouachita Mountains. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Getting There:

Driving Directions


Directions from Little Rock/Benton area:

Traveling  on I-30 WEST from Little Rock, continue driving until you reach Exit  111 and take the exit ramp to US 70W (Hot Springs).  Continue on 70W until you reach Exit 6 and take ramp towards 270/70W Glenwood/Mount Ida. Loop onto the Martin Luther King Expressway. Take Exit 7 or highway 128 (Carpenter Dam Road).  At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Carpenter Dam Road and travel 4 miles to Arkridge Road. Signage will instruct you to turn right onto Arkridge Road. Travel 1.1 miles to the Garden entrance, keeping to the left when the road forks.

Directions from Arkadelphia area:
Traveling on I-30 EAST from Arkadelphia, continue traveling to exit #97 or AR 171. (Follow signs for Lake Catherine State Park). Turn left onto highway 171 toward Diamondhead (AR 290). Bear left on HWY 290 to 128 (Carpenter Dam Road). Turn right and drive 1-2 blocks to Arkridge Road.  Turn left and travel 1.1 miles to the Garden entrance.

Directions from historic, Downtown Hot Springs:
Take highway 7 SOUTH (Central Avenue) past Oaklawn Race Track and stay in the left lane under the Martin Luther King Expressway overpass (270/70 E). Stay in the far left-hand lane and turn left onto the frontage road, then left again (heading EAST) onto the MLK Expressway.  Drive approximately 1.5 miles to Exit 7(Highway 128 or Carpenter Dam Road) and veer right onto Carpenter Dam Road.  Drive 4 miles.  Turn right on Arkridge Road and drive 1.1 miles to the Garden entrance.

Directions from 270/Martin Luther King Expressway:
Take Exit #7 or 128 (Carpenter Dam Road) and turn west. Travel 4 miles to Arkridge Road. Turn right onto Arkridge Road and travel 1.1 miles to the Garden entrance.

Directions from Highway 7 South (near Hot Springs Mall and Lake Hamilton bridges areas):
Driving SOUTH on Highway 7 – Turn EAST/LEFT on Hwy. 290. Travel 6.5 miles, bearing left the entire distance. Turn LEFT on Carpenter Dam Rd. (Highway 128). Drive 1-2 blocks, Turn LEFT on Arkridge Rd. The Garden entrance is 1.1 miles straight ahead.

Directions from Highway 7 South (Arkadelphia/Lake DeGray area):
Traveling NORTH on Highway 7 and before reaching Lake Hamilton, turn RIGHT/EAST on Highway 290 and drive approximately 6.5 miles, bearing left the entire distance.  Turn left on (Highway 128) Carpenter Dam Road and drive 1-2 blocks.  Turn left again and travel 1.1 miles to the Garden entrance.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas located in Hop Springs Arkansas and the Ouachita Mountains. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

 

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Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas located in Hop Springs Arkansas and the Ouachita Mountains. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Location Contact Information:

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Links

Garvan Woodland Gardens Website

Nearest City or Town:

 Hot Springs Arkansas

Garvan Woodland Gardens Photo Gallery

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 Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Greg specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. Greg also shoots portraits and event photography and is available for assignments.  Greg teaches photography classes and workshops in Arkansas and other locations.  Most of the images on this site are available for sale as prints, personal use, or rights managed stock photos.

 

 


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